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Atwater Maibock - Atwater Brewery

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BA SCORE
76
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93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 20.97%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: walleye on 06-15-2006)
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ZAP

Minnesota

1.4/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This is not a very good beer.

Positives:

-Mild doughy/bready aroma

Negatives:

-Too carbonated (much too carbonated actually)
-Some apple like fruitiness on the aroma
-Hazy appearance. Does not look like a clean lager.
-Taste includes a strong grassy hoppiness, butterscotch, apple peal, and cooked vegetables. Add it all up and this is the worst tasting maibock I have encountered.

This tastes nothing like a maibock or lager and tossing out the category this just doesn't appeal to me.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 02:07:04 | More by ZAP
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cokes

Wisconsin

2.25/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Medium gold with a healthy stack of white froth that both retains and laces well.
Nose is loud and full of sweet creamed corn. It's absolutely monolithic, and a little traumatic, as it flashes me back to 8 years old and my mother's insistence that I not go outside and play baseball until those last two dumptruck-sized spoonfuls of said corn preparation were consumed. All jokes and anecdotes aside, the aroma is not attractive, and lacks any sort of depth via backup tones. Simple and flawed, though quite potent and off-putting.
It fares slightly better in the mouth. Creamed corn is still a major player, and probably THE major player, and I'm still very uneasy about it, but here at least it has company. Low levels of vanilla and butterscotch (which is out of place in itself) and bruised pear waver in and out. It concludes with a grassy hop flavor and bitterness that, while minor, serves to slake the mouth clean.
Slick textured, medium body with a low-level carbonation. I can't blame anything on how it feels.
There are big elements of this that I don't like at all. Some of it is my fault with my neuroses and biases, but the majority of the blame falls on the beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 07:15:46 | More by cokes
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dirtylou

Washington

3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, Steve's....tis maibock season in the midwest

appearance: poured into ale asylum pint glass...clear golden orange body that shines in the sunlight, very light beige froth head. pretty standard for the style

smell: malty and corny, maibock sweetness...difficult to make out anything overly distinct

taste: sweet bready malts, green apple, corn and grain. not offensive but not a sparkling interpretation

mouthfeel: medium-ligh, slick

drinkability: fine

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 00:42:05 | More by dirtylou
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MmmIPA

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very nice,clear,carbonated yellow body that sits beneath a thick white head that falls pretty fast.

There is a distinct smell there.It has a sour smell.

There is a sour taste to this so Im not sure if its bad or if its the way it taste.There is some nice malt to it at the begining.

Nice carbonation and easy to drink.

I dont think I would be able to drink to many of these in a sitting due to the sourness.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 00:33:28 | More by MmmIPA
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proc

Michigan

4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a bright and dense yellow in the glass with a good-sized head. The aroma is slightly sweet, with a faint hint of marshmallows coming to the forefront. The taste is very good, with a slight sweetness on the sip giving way to a nice dose of hops on the swallow that turn off that sweetness. This tastes like a fully loaded lager. I dig it. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 18:38:36 | More by proc
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dren

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is quite an interesting brew. Right when I took the cap off I caught a hint of sewage. I thought it must have been me so I poured the beer like I normally would, not forcefully but nice and easy down the side of the pint glass. At about an inch of actual beer the head blew up and shot to the top of the glass. Huge head! This is bigger than a Duvel. Took a while to pour because the head didn't want to go away. The beer itself is a clear orangish yellow.

Smells like, well...with the huge head on top I caught hints of sewage, sweet kimchi, really dark yellow urine and sweet pear juice. Very weird. It got better as the head fell. Turns into a champaigne scent with some pear.

Tastes much much better. A lot of sweet malt with some pear juice. Bready like a helles but not quite as yeasty in the taste. Slight bubble gum flavor in the finish with a little bit of citrus bite to it. I really like the flavor, different and full. Reminds me of champaigne at times.

The beer is full bodied. Coats the mouth and still has quite a bit of carbonation even after the initial explosion.

I would definately recommend this brew. I may have received a bad bottle, but the taste is good. I just have to get past the first few sniffs.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2007 22:22:34 | More by dren
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shertz

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received from fellow BA HombreWing who in return received "The Pineapple" in me casa. No date on this guy. Poured into a flute glass. Really excited to try this one since it's my favorite stlye.

A-Pours less than 1 finger head that goes down to nothing. Golden in color with lots of bubbles rising upward.

S-Smells like a Maibock!! Oh, well it's malty and sweet. Apricots are the dominant fruit smell. Some hints of Pineapple also.

T-First sip gave me a little bit of tartness that I wasn't expecting. However, this grew on me. I feel like it may be a stronger apricot taste than I'm used to. Carmel malts and some hints of alcohol exist also. Pretty good.

M-Pretty good carbonation. Slick mouth feel and a little warming from the alcohol. Almost typical of style.

D-Pretty high ABV tends to limit the drinkability of this one. I was pleasantly surprised by the taste since it may have been sitting a little while. I love this style and this one was pretty close. Don't think I would have tried this if it wasn't a Maibock, but pretty good.

Cheers,
Scott

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 22:23:02 | More by shertz
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berserker256

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A little sweeter and hoppier than typical bocks. Lighter in color as well. It's got a fruity-like aftertaste. This beer is not as harsh or muddy as some seven-and-a-half percent alcohol beers. I like it. I like it quite a bit. I'm going to open another right now and support our struggling Detroit economy.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2007 21:26:10 | More by berserker256
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a crystal clear honey golden forms a large beige head forms leaves light sparse lace chunks as the head dwindles down. Aroma has a doughy sweetness light lemongrass sweetness herbal hops distinct biscuit malt tartness in there as well, fruity components bring some green apple and mild apricot tones. Flavor not so smooth a rough graininess that I usually detect in Atwater Block bottle openings kinda rough bitterness with leafy flavors doesn't meld so well a sour grainy finish with some traces of malty fruit tones. Mouthfeel is medium bodied again carbonation issues from this Atwater offering a bit higher than I would like. Drinkability is decent but by no means as clean and crips as a well made maibock should be kinda disappointing froma seasonal bottled offering from any micro.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2007 12:52:54 | More by WVbeergeek
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BMoney575

Texas

3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 6-13-07

Pours a crystal clear gold, with a nice bubbly head that sticks around.

Smell is bready and slightly sweet. A light amount of hops is in there too.

Taste is good, sweet and malty with a good grassy hop kick at the end. The finish is smooth and clean, with a little breadiness.

Mouthfeel is good, spicy carbonation balances the sweet malt.

Drinkabiltiy is good, although it's definately on the sweet side. A good lager with lots of flavor, good for summertime.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2007 00:14:05 | More by BMoney575
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PSUDREW

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a nice golden color. bone colored head, nice amount of foaming and some lace.
floral nose, but nothing really to it.
Nice taste. very sweet and malty, finished with a nice crisp hop taste. Good combo, with hints of ginger in there.
Sweet,clean, and crisp, all in all a very good beer to sit and enjoy any time of the year. get it if you are in the mood for something drinkable and flavor filled

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2007 04:36:57 | More by PSUDREW
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pmcadamis

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Exceptionally clear carrot-orange brew with a firm one finger head that recedes to a sliver of a cap. A swirl brings back a full finger and leaves some sudsy looking lace on the glass.

S - Nice caramel and toffee malt up front. Carrot cake and caramel candy aromas. Rich and a little bit fruity.

T - A continuation of the nose in that it's very malty, cakey and bready. It builds on the malty foundation with hints of pear and apricot along with some nice hop presence toward the finish.

M - Full bodied, chewy, but slick on the palate. This just feels like it's got a lot of taste packed into it. Really honey-thick and heavy in the mouth.

D - Nearly perfect. An excellent spring sipper! I'll most likely be picking up a six of this soon.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2007 17:54:02 | More by pmcadamis
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A golden hued lager with white head and minimal lace left after a moment of settling

S - Malty creamy scents with lightly bitter hop aroma

M - Light bitterness and slightly oily feel

T Creamy, lager-like maltiness with tinges of spiced hop flavors, rather bland, light and lacking somewhat in lasting flavor.

D - Sweet, and relatively well hopped, worth a second chance, but not an impressive Mai-bock considering it was not full bodied or very flavorful in any respect.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2007 16:42:52 | More by Slatetank
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macpapi

Maryland

2.8/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a single of this beer at the corner store. Reduced price makes me wonder if it's out of date (can't find a drink-by date or batch number on the bottle.)

Pours a light brown or yellowish color with a full white head. A bit murky throughout.

Smells of wheat and yeast. There is also a lemon-type presence that seems a bit out of place for the style. Pretty sharp on the nose.

Taste is malty with a lot of surprising tartness. Fruity and absolutely no balance.

Mouthfeel is relatively light and crisp. Sharp on the tongue.

On the whole this is not a great beer. Tartness is out of place, leading to my feeling that this may have been out of date. Lack of balance is also a drawback.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2007 03:01:40 | More by macpapi
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alexgash

Connecticut

1.7/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Slight haze suspended in a peachy gold body. Small, gauzey, cotton-white head, with nice lacing. Don't know about the haze though (it's not chill haze). Caramel and butterscotch malt sweetness mixes with cooked vegetables, vegetal hops, and sweetish brandy alcohol. Taste is blech. Sour bandaid infection is awful. Sorry Atwater but this is the second different beer I've had that has been a totally infected mess! Leave the wild fermentation to Jolly Pumpkin, eh? Drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2007 20:01:03 | More by alexgash
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sopor

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal-clear yellow with a thing slightly off-white head. Spicy hop is most prevelant on the nose, all bu hiding a candy-sweet malt note. Light sweet malt is accompanied by a hint of champagne-like esthers. Perhaps this is still a little young?, it tastes slightly acedylhyde-like. Hops are spicy and pleasantly bitter. Lightish body, pleasantly active carbonation makes for a very refreshing brew. Very drinkable, perhaps this needs handling differently. or perhaps the bottle was "off" but minus the champagne/acetylhyde, this would have been spectacular!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2006 19:38:42 | More by sopor
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malty

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a loose bright white 1/2" head. Medium amount of lace.

Sweet pale malts in the nose engulfed in a sweet honey scent. After a few brisk swirls of my pounder pint glass, I experience a heavenly honey glazed roasted almond smell - very wonderful.

The flavors are sweet pale malts (once again) with a soft malty backbone atop a slightly prickly hop dryness that gives way more to mouthfeel than to flavor, but just enough hop presence to keep the sweet malts from becoming too overpowering. There's a faint astringent alcohol presence at the end that's pronounced with dryness rather than a warming sensation. Honey and earthy elements are in here as well.

Mouthfeel is spectacular. The carbonation is very fine and active, but definitely knows its place. A well placed dryness at the finish that's quick and to the point. On the lighter side of medium bodied.

Drinkablility is absurd. I could easily drink 3-4 of these on a hot day with no problem. Quenching and satisfying.

Overall a very nice helles bock. I love how the finish is dry and everything leading up to the finish is sweet and delicate. Quite a beautifully balanced spot-on domestic rendition of a hard-to-nail style. Excellent for sure!

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2006 01:40:49 | More by malty
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walleye

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from the bottle. poured a honey with a white head that didn’t stay around very long but left some lacing. aroma sugar, yeast, light fruits like pears, apples. flavor, almost a cotton candy type of sweetness, malts, wow is this beer sweet, almost to the point of being too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2006 00:16:49 | More by walleye
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Atwater Maibock from Atwater Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.